Van Vleuten extends contract but 2019 could be derailed by injury

Annemiek van Vleuten at the start of the day

Mitchelton-Scott have handed Annemiek van Vleuten an early one-year contract extension, keeping the world time trial champion at the team until the end of the 2020 season. The contract comes as the Dutchwoman revealed she may be below her best for much of the 2019 season as she recovers from a serious knee injury . Van Vleuten already had a contract in place for next season but Mitchelton-Scott have secured her services for a fifth season, at the end of which she will be 38 years old. Since joining the Australian team in 2016, her career has shifted gears, and she has captured the world time trial title, La Course, and the Boels Ladies Tour in each of the past two seasons. This season she also won the Giro Rosa and ended the year as the winner of the WorldTour ranking. "I had a contract until 2019, and I felt ...

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